Information on home food safety, including canning and freezing sauerkraut, pickles, meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits, beans, fruit pie fillings, jellies, jams and spreads. Tips on harvesting and preserving herbs and spices and home cheesemaking.
Preparing and freezing family meals in advance will save you time on busy days. This will help you get a hot meal on the dinner table with less stress.
Learn about safe methods for canning or freezing soup at home.
Commercial products are available that create a gel without sugar. Low and no sugar jam and jelly will have different characteristics than regular jam or jelly.
This video describes the possible causes of jam and jelly not gelling or setting, as well as tips to prevent this from happening.
Following proper procedure is critical to prevent jam or jelly from becoming grainy. This video describes causes as well as tips to prevent crystal formation.
There are different types of pectin that can be used in jam and jelly making. Understanding how pectin works, and its proper use assures a quality product.
Low methoxyl pectin, if correctly used, will create a gel in the absence of sugar and acid for those desiring jams and jelly containing less sugar.
Ripeness and type of fruit determine a fruits pectin content, both critical ingredients to making jam and jelly with a firm, tender texture, and excellent flavor.
Fruits have varying levels of acidity. The higher the acid level the better the gelling process, low acid fruits require additional acid to obtain a good gel.
The ideal time for making and preserving homemade sauerkraut is in the fall.
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